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Intern Abroad in Rome: Academics

Academic Programs

In a globalized world, practical experience in an international environment is an invaluable addition to classroom learning. Richmondís interns in Rome gain vital insights into a career field, experience in the global workplace, practical exposure to the demands of specific jobs and development of professional and personal skills.

Students in the Internship Program take 3 or 6 credits in Italian language, carry out a 3- or 6-credit unpaid internship placement and take 1 or 2 additional 3-credit courses related to their internship. Students may also choose an additional 1-credit optional Introduction to Italian Art course, taught during the field trips to Naples and Florence.

Internships available in: art, design and media, art history, business, communications, economics, education, film studies, finance, food studies, history, international business, international relations, management and tourism, marketing, museum studies, political science, social science

Program Option

In a competitive world, practical experience is an invaluable addition to classroom learning. Richmondís Internship Program provides vital insights into a career field, experience in the global workplace, practical exposure to the demands of specific jobs and development of professional and personal skills. Italyís largest and most populated city, Rome is home to many international organizations, companies and humanitarian NGOs.

All foreign countries have their embassies in Rome, some of them also have a second embassy to the Vatican.

Three public universities, numerous private research institutes engaged in academic research and advanced technological services, culture and tourism industries, a network of marketing and communication enterprises operating to promote the incredibly rich cultural heritage of the city, offer plenty of opportunities for a successful internship in Rome.

The Internship Program at a Glance

Earn 12-16 credits combining courses as below:

  • Tailor-made internship seminars and tutorials
  • Italian language classes (3 or 6 credits)
  • One or two other classes related to your internship (3 or 6 credits)
  • Internship placement and work (3 or 6 credits)
  • Plus Optional - Introduction to Italian Art (1 credit)

The Internship Program is designed to provide an integrated learning experience of a high academic standard, combining classroom study and an internship placement. International work experience offers students the opportunity to test their personal interests and abilities in a specific career field. An international internship also provides a valuable cultural perspective and the opportunity for interns to experience other approaches and viewpoints in the workplace.

Students work and participate in specially designed seminars, tutorials focused on Italian business culture and cross-cultural management and review meetings for a total of 150 (3 credits) or 270 (6 credits) hours.

The ideal internship placement is the successful combination between what an organization is seeking and the studentís skills.

Internships are arranged by the Internship coordinator, after an assessment of his/her eligibility based on skills, interests and abilities in relation to what the organization needs. All academic aspects of the program are monitored and assessed by the Internship Coordinator and faculty advisors.

Interns will be engaged in different fields ranging from traditional Italian small and medium enterprises (SMEs), international embassies, NGOs, to museums and cultural institutes, from humanitarian associations to fashion companies. Students may work in small or large organizations, located in different areas of the city; some working places may require good communication skills in Italian language. Students must attend interviews with suitable organizations; this is a competitive process. Final selection is always at the discretion of the organization and the Internship Program is not able to honor specific requests to join a particular organization or guarantee that students will be successful at interviewing.

On the Internship Program students will:

  • Experience and participate in international, intercultural learning and friendships
  • Develop personal skills and strengths that improve confidence as well as future employment opportunities
  • Work in a different culture
  • Develop a strong résumé
  • Participate in career opportunity networking

Credit is awarded after successful completion of all aspects of the program. To receive credit, students report to their supervisor regularly. In addition to working and attending the internship seminars and tutorials, they submit a weekly journal recording duties and learning as well as an analysis of specified aspects of the work experience. They must also submit a final internship portfolio describing and analyzing the workplace, the industry and goals achieved, including artefacts of work they have produced during the internship. Students give a presentation on their internship. Assessment is based on the above criteria. Grades of A to F, in accordance with the university grading policy, are assigned and recorded on Richmond transcript.

Internships available in:

The program consists of Italian language study (3 or 6 credits), internship seminars and 150-270 hours of unpaid internship (3 or 6 credits) plus one or two 3 credit additional courses among those offered in the semester and related to the internship field.

  • ADM 6862/6861 (6)/(3) Art, Design & Media
  • AVC 6862/6861 (6)/(3) Art History
  • COM 6862/6861 (6)/(3) Communications
  • ECN 6862/6861 (6)/(3) Economics
  • EDU 6862/6861 (6)/(3) Education
  • FLM 6862/6861 (6)/(3) Film Studies
  • FNN 6862/6861 (6)/(3) Finance
  • HST 6862/6861 (6)/(3) History (including food and Mediterranean studies)
  • INB 6862/6861 (6)/(3) International Business (including sport management)
  • INR 6862/6861 (6)/(3) International Relations
  • MGT 6862/6861 (6)/(3) Management
  • MKT 6862/6861 (6)/(3) Marketing
  • PLT 6862/6861 (6)/(3) Political Science
  • SCL 6862/6861 (6)/(3) Social Science
Session/Term Credits Requirements
Fall or Spring Semester 12 to 16 2.75 GPA*


Admissions Guidelines

Students must meet all the normal criteria for admission to Richmond, The American International University in London and have:

  • enrolled at least 45 semester credits by the time the program begins and enrolled in a full-time degree program
  • 2.75 minimum GPA for students with at least 75 semester credits; 3.0 minimum GPA for students with 45-74 semester credits at the time of application (3.0 for all students seeking placements in political science)
  • a thoroughly and thoughtfully completed internship application which forms part of their portfolio
  • paid or unpaid work experience during the last two years
  • letter of reference from a former employer
  • two letters of academic reference
  • a current résumé

Completed applications will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee and students will be notified of the admissions decision.

Richmond University, The American International University in London – Rome Center

The academic programs are designed in conjunction with Richmond, The American International University in London. The university is an independent, non-profit international university of liberal arts and professional studies with a student population of approximately 2,000. It is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The Director of the program is appointed by Richmond and supervised by the Richmond administration in London. The Rome faculty credentials are reviewed and approved by Richmond University.

The Richmond Study Center is located in a beautiful building in Piazza SantíAndrea della Valle in one of the richest areas of Romeís historic center. The Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Colosseum, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Roman Forum, Trastevere and the Vatican can be reached on foot in a few minutes.

In addition to classrooms, the Richmond in Rome Center houses offices, a computer lab with Internet access and printing facilities, a reference library and two small student lounges. The library has a selection of 2,000 volumes in English related to Richmond courses, a film collection and periodicals available for student reference. AIFS - Richmond students have free admission to the extensive library collections available to them in Rome and access to the university web resources for e-books such as Dowsonera, Jstore and EBSCO. Wireless Internet is available for free to all students.

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